The New York Times has an extensive article with the somewhat inflammatory title “Arms Fiascoes Lead to Alarm Inside Pentagon.” While the Times’ reputation isn’t what it used to be, this article is recommended for several reasons, including its quotes from a number of senior Pentagon and Department of Defense sources right up to Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld.
Northrop Grumman defense Mission Systems in Reston, VA received a $6.9 million indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract to provide for “advancement, integration, and application of information systems sciences and technology to meet Air Force, intelligence community, and command and control (C2) community unique requirements for information dominance, and to facilitate the transition of this technology to aerospace and intelligence systems…” Computer software/ database application support and technical documentation will be delivered by December 2007. The Air Force Research Laboratory in Rome, NY issued the contract (F30602-01-D-0167).
United States Marine, Inc. in New Orleans, LA is being awarded an $18.8 million firm-fixed-price contract for construction of three 27-meter Fast Patrol Boats (FPB), with technical data, training, and spare parts for the Royal Oman Police Coast Guard under the Foreign Military Sales Program. The FPB will be constructed of fiberglass reinforced plastic and conform to American Bureau of Shipping high-speed naval craft requirements.
Hamilton Sundstrand in Windsor Locks, CT received a $14.3 million modification under previously awarded contract N00383-95-G-004A, exercising an option on NP2000 propeller systems for the carrier-based C-2 Greyhound cargo aircraft. The eight-bladed, all-composite NP2000 propeller is a military derivative of the commercial, six-bladed 568F propeller designed and manufactured by Hamilton Sundstrand and its French subsidiary, Ratier-Figeac.
The NP2000 replaces the out-of-production 54460 Hamilton Sundstrand propeller on the twin-engine E-2C Hawkeyes and C-2A/C-2A-R Greyhound Cargo aircraft. It also is designed to be compatible with the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW150 and the Rolls-Royce AE2100 engines for P-3 Orion and C-130 Hercules aircraft.
ALION Science and Technology Corp. in Chicago, IL received a $5.6 million ceiling-priced delivery order against a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract (N61339-03-D-0300). ALION will provide specialized modeling and simulation (M&S) services in support of the Directorate of Capabilities Integration, Prioritization, and Analysis at G3 Headquarters, Department of the Army in the Advanced Concepts and Requirements M&S Domain.
These services consist of providing M&S tools and analysis for strategic direction, concept development, requirements determination, force planning, and experimentation. Work will be performed in Washington DC, and is expected to be complete in May 2009. The Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division in Orlando, FL issued the contract.
Rep. James Walsh (R-Onondaga-NY), a member of the Appropriations Committee, pointed to a $1.8 million appropriation for Source Sentinel, a partnership of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, OBrien and Gere, and Sensis Corp. The system uses sensors to detect small amounts of toxins in water supplies, eliminating the need to take samples for time-consuming laboratory analysis. It also offers water purveyors a fully integrated system by integrating the data from various sources, then uses the information in unique ways to determine future water quality. This capability enables the decision maker to manage the water before large scale escalation takes place. Walsh noted that the technology has both military and civilian applications in the post-9/11 world. Syracuse.com (June 8/05) – Bill Has More than $36M for CNY Projects